Madurai-bound Vaigai Express held up after bomb hoax

Published: 04th July 2013 07:57 AM  |   Last Updated: 04th July 2013 07:57 AM   |  A+A-


Tension prevailed at the railway junction here following a bomb threat at the Madurai-Chennai Vaigai Express on Wednesday.

A thorough scanning of the entire train was done and the call was found to be a hoax. The train resumed its journey after a delay of two hours.

The call from an anonymous male was received by the Chennai railway police, who alerted their counterparts in Tiruchy. The man threatened that the train would be blown off when it reached Tiruchy.

The caller also claimed that the bomb was heavy and powerful and the scale of destruction would be large.

As soon as the official in-charge at Chennai alerted the Tiruchy railway police, the latter swung into action.

The bomb detection and disposal team, along with dog squad were ready when Vaigai Express reached the junction around 8.55 am. After evacuating the passengers, the police formed many teams to conduct a thorough search. However, they found nothing. Later, the search team declared that it was a hoax.

Subsequently, the passengers were asked to get into the train, which continued its journey after a two-hour delay, at around 11 am.

Later, speaking to media persons, Railway DSP Sivaraj said that the police were on the look out for the caller and assured that he would be arrested at the earliest. Sources said that the control room officials received the call from a mobile number at 9.10 am. The mobile signal was identified from a tower in Srirangam. Police are camping at Srirnagam to nab the culprit.


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